The Write Freely workshops will be held over six Tuesdays, from 1pm – 3pm starting on Tuesday 20 June at the Thurgoona Community Centre, 10 Kosciuszko Road, Thurgoona.
Dates: Tuesdays 20 & 27 June, and 4, 11, 18 & 25 July
Why ‘Write Freely’?
Our attempts to write are too often straight-jacketed. We don’t write because we’re frozen by what we think are the rules and regulations of writing when all we really need to do is write. As Julie Cameron in her wonderful The Right to Write says: ‘Writing goes much better when we don’t work at it so much … For me, writing is like a good pair of pajamas(sic) – comfortable. In our culture, writing is more often costumed in a military outfit.’ (p3).
Join me to explore the ways you can loosen those straight-jacket laces, diminish the angst, and discover the joy of writing short stories, poems, opinion pieces, blog posts and/or memoir.
Build your knowledge and confidence by developing your own writing toolbox, discovering your own voice, but most of all write in a safe and respectful environment write what you have always wanted to write.
Places limited to 10 per course.
Cost: $120 for six weeks (Please note a weekly fee is not available.)
Payment due at the beginning of the course.
I have more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist and writer of non-fiction, fiction and poetry. I’ve been published in Four W anthologies, Short and Scary, Seizure Flashers, Tincture Journal, ZineWest 2013 (third prize) and New Albury Writing (2002). My short story collections include The Only Constant (2012) and The Basket and The Briefcase (2003) and I was co-editor of ZineWest 2014 and 2015. I have also been a book reviewer at newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
From July 2010 to December 2012 I wrote a fortnightly opinion column for The Border Mail covering topics as far ranging as gay parenting to disappearing chooks.
In 2013 I completed a Masters in Cultural and Creative Practice and received a Meritorious grade for her major project – a story inspired by her great grandfather’s experience of coming to Australia from Fiji as an eight year old orphan. She is currently extending this work to a novella.
I have run creative writing courses and sessions for Albury TAFE, Albury Wodonga Community College, AlburyCity, City of Wodonga, Albury Rotary ‘River of Stories’ and was a member of the team of writers for Western Sydney University’s Schools Engagement Program
I’ve been a guest at the Emerging Writers’ Festival Melbourne and coordinated the Write Around the Murray Festival from 2008 – 2010.
I also have the joy of writing for bordercafe.com.au
Download the course flyer Write Freely – Workshops for Adults
Questions? More info? How to enrol? Email me here
Find our more about my fiction and how to buy a copy of The Only Constant here.